22nd March - Law News

2278th Edition: LawNewsIndex is a UK based news & legal articles archive focusing on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Legislation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice issues.

Today's Video Focus: A BBC investigation has revealed that Rohingya girls as young as 13, who fled Myanmar in the past 6 months, are being trafficked into prostitution in Bangladesh. The undercover team filmed traffickers openly offering the girls for sex in Cox's Bazar, the town nearest to the refugee camps, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims now live.

Focus of the Day story: Families living below the poverty line are being denied vital legal help, according to research commissioned by the Law Society and published today. Chancery Lane is urging the Ministry of Justice to restore the means test to 2010 'real terms' levels. According to today's report by Loughborough University, Priced out of justice? Means testing legal aid and making ends meet, at the maximum level of disposable income at which legal aid is allowed, households have too little income to reach a minimum standard of living before footing any legal bills. Typically, they have disposable incomes 10% to 30% too low to afford a minimum budget. Families below the disposable income limit, while eligible for legal aid, are required to contribute to legal costs, unless their income is extremely low. Full story - The Law Society Gazette

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